The GOP has not overreacted - what a question.
The press, however, has indeed underreacted by only giving tepid attention to it. If this was Bush the approval would have dropped 20+ points by now due to wall to wall coverage of each scandal.
Absolutely, but that seems to be the presiding theme on CNN and among the liberals in the media. As opposed to focusing on the scandals, they deflect by focusing on the GOP’s reaction to them. Will the GOP overplay their hand? That’s the question they keep wondering, almost with faux concern for the GOP. They WANT the GOP to overplay their hand, and frankly, I don’t think the GOP can overplay their hand in this situation. That doesn’t mean they won’t make it look like the GOP has overplayed their hand, though. When they do that, the sheep will lap it up, and the GOP can be made the bad guys for picking on poor Obama. Poor Obama, all this happened in spite of him. He’d only knew, why, he’d have tried to stop it.
You’re absolutely right that if this was Bush, the media would be looping these scandals 24/7. Bush’s approval rating would plunge, not go up. Do you think if this was Bush, the media would be asking if the Democrats are overplaying their hand? Hell no! Of course not! The media would never ask that because they wouldn’t want to do anything to deflect to the Democrats and make the Democrats look like the bad guys, and the media would be helping them play it!